In an interview with Holger Gloszeit from LOGfair, our Country Manager Germany, Pelagie Mepin-Koebel, provides inputs for a successful modal shift.
The framework conditions are clear: there are not enough truck drivers, and by 2030, 30% of goods in Europe will have to be transported by rail anyway .
However, the share of freight trains in freight transport in Germany is 18.7% in 2021. These figures are also reflected in the LOGfair live survey: only 18% of participants say they use rail for their freight transport.
Everysens wants to change that.
The advantages of rail transport for shippers are clear: for heavy, large, sensitive goods and longer distances, rail is the first choice because of the very good cost-performance ratio. You may automatically think of chemicals, steel and building materials, but you may also very well consider finished products such as cars and beverages.
When asked which goods belong on rail, Pelagie Mepin-Koebel replies:"It would be easier to ask which goods do not belong on rail".
Another important consideration for companies is: what can we do (better) in terms of CO2 emissions? How can our entire supply chain become more sustainable?
And this is where the very exciting question comes into play: if we do rail transport, do we automatically have to have a whole lot of goods transported directly, or can I also start with smaller quantities? What about single wagons?
Spoiler: anything is possible!
Pelagie Mepin-Koebel explains in the interview:"At Everysens, we started from the observation that rail transport is a kind of black box. Our goal is to provide useful information from the available data, and this information should then be used for collaboration between shippers and railway companies. These are points where the market still has potential, and where time and errors can still be reduced."
At stake is the attractiveness of this mode of transport, which can only be increased through more transparency and with the help of digitalised solutions.